Monday, October 13, 2008

Japan's Morning Banana Diet is B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

Banana prices are rising and shortages are being reported in Japan, where a Morning Banana Diet has people in a frenzy.


It started in March with the publication of Morning Banana Diet, which claimed that eating only bananas and room-temperature water for breakfast jumpstarted weight loss, regardless of what was eaten during the rest of the day.

So who came up with the diet? A guy who studied preventive medicine in Tokyo. He says bananas help digestion and improve metabolism.

Uh, not really, but if you're not a breakfast eater, jumpstarting your metabolism in the morning will help weight loss. But you can do it with any food. Bananas happen to be filling and so is water.

Here's more from The Japan Times Online.

And here's Banana Man, who prefers peanut butter and jelly:

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Healthy08 said...

I read that too! And I read in “Prevention” magazine why Bananas DO improve metabolism. Bananas contain resistant starch, which ferments in your large intestine, creating by-products that actually block conversion of some carbohydrates into fuel, so replacing ordinary carbs with the resistant starch in bananas can boost fat burning. And banana fiber bulks up in your stomach, so you feel full for longer. Yay for breakfast and weight loss! This is a great page on the Banana Diet: